Umumuka Denies Resignation Claims

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He suspects that the information could have originated from his rival Wash Joseph Kanyanya, the self styled head of Ibududa cultural institution.

Wilson Weasa Wamimbi, the cultural chief of Inzu Ya Masaba has denied rumors that he has resigned to take on evangelism. On Tuesday, rumors started circulating on Face book that Wamimbi had resigned opting to preach the gospel. However, in a statement this morning, Wamimbi denies the claims. He suspects that the information could have originated from his rival Wash Joseph Kanyanya, the self styled head of Ibududa cultural institution.

Wamimbi calls for calm among his subjects adding that he is office and working normally until the end of his term next year. Henry Magomu, the Prime Minister Inzu ya Masaba describes the information as shocking and terrible news to the Bamasaba. He says they had the Bamasaba cultural council meeting on Wednesday to discuss this year’s circumcision ceremony and were in touch with the Umukuka who was away because of other official assignment.

Magomu suspects that the rumors were being peddled by their Babukusu rival in the neighboring Bududa district to distract the Bamasaba cultural institution from its development work. He says they will not been drawn into the confusion, which is bent towards disorganizing the Bagisu. He asks Bamasaba to ignore the resignation claims arguing that the Umukuka and his team is still very active until the expiry of his term next year.

The Bamasaba Cultural institution has been involved in a feud with Kanyanya, who they claim cannot qualify to be a King in Bugisu region. They claim Kanyanya was not circumcised in accordance with the Bamasaba tradition, which is one of the requirements for leadership. Kanyanya was sworn in by Rachael Nakase, the Bududa Grade One Magistrate on 08, November 2012. Kanyanya explains that they opted to form their own kingdom in August 2010 after they realized that politicians had taken control of the Bamasaba cultural institution, when they elected Wilson Wamimbi, the former Mbale district LC V chairperson.
 
Kanyanya argues that Ibuduuda Cultural Kingdom belongs to Babukusu ethnic community while Inzu Ya Masaba is for Bamasaba.

 

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Denis Olaka
Denis Olaka is the URN bureau chief for Lira, in northern Uganda. Apac and Otuke fall under his docket. Olaka has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Olaka started his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter, anchor, and then editor for Radio Lira in Lira district. He was subsequently an editor with Lira's Radio Wa in 2004 and Gulu district's Mega FM.

He was also a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers.

Olaka's journalism focuses on politics, health, agriculture and education. He does a lot of crime reporting too.